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Domaine Chavy-Chouet 2021

Chiselled whites with racy acidity and an intensity born of painfully low yields.

Modest alcohol in the 12-12.5% range.

Extremely subtle oak, with new barrels kept to 10% as a maximum.

Common theme of fine, mineral salinity.

If the above tick boxes for you then you owe it to yourself to put some 2021 Chavy-Chouet wines in your cellar!

 

As I wrote in my vintage report I believe 2021 marks the beginning of a new chapter for Romaric Chavy.  It is fair to say the year threw its worst at him – he lost in the region of 70% of his crop and was left with yields of a pitiful 15-20 hectolitres per hectare.  Yet the wines are compelling.

This is a range that carries the intensity and minerality of super-low yields.  Note the minimal use of new oak: to employ maximum 10% new wood you need 10 barrels of a given wine; if you have fewer, you are going to rely 100% on used barrels.  The resulting wines have great clarity, definition and drive.

If you buy one Bourgogne Blanc this year, make it the Chavy-Chouet Femelottes.  This is a single vineyard wine from a site at the foot of the Puligny-Montrachet slopes.  It has a tension and sense of elan that belie its modest origins, and will likely continue to punch above its weight for 5-6 years of drinking.  Headline-grabbing scores aren’t really appropriate for regional wines when you have to move on to 1er and Grand Crus, but I draw your attention to Jasper Morris MW’s 4-star rating for this wine.

We also bought Romaric’s Bourgogne Rouge La Taupe for the first time this year.  From 70 year old vines, grown just outside Pommard, this will provide juicy and satisfying early drinking.  Just like the Bourgogne Blanc Femelottes: if you only need one ‘house red Burgundy’ from 2021, make it this!

With best wishes,
Matthew Hemming MW

 

The Offer:

Offered en primeur for delivery later this year.

Due to the vintage conditions, all 2021 Burgundies are subject to allocation.  We aim to confirm orders within one week, with allocations taking into account:

  • Purchases of both en primeur and physical wines over the last 3 years.
  • ‘Across the board’ orders of wines outside of the most sought-after bottlings.
  • Historical purchases of the wines in question.
  • Broader support of Vinum including use of our broking and storage services.

Bourgogne Aligote Les Marechaux
$270 per case (1×6) OC (inc GST $291.60)
Pale green tint to the colour. Energetic and vibrant. A fresh and steely version, clean greengage with lime to finish. Quite high acidity, but a lovely aftertaste. Purity. Drink from 2024-2026. Tasted: November 2022
86-87pts & 3-stars – Jasper Morris MW / insideburgundy.com

Bourgogne Blanc Les Femelottes
$330 per case (1×6) OC (inc GST $356.40)
Up to 70% crop loss.  Very precise and compact but, especially on the nose, there’s a quiet whisper of fat and richness.  The palate is much more linear and driven by green apple tones.  Really rides on acid and taut, crunchy nervousness.
88/100 – Matthew Hemming MW

Another pale colour, though the fruit has a slightly riper aspect, more yellow plums, balanced by a correct acidity. Fair length, excellent precision. Drink from 2024-2027. Tasted: November 2022
87-88pts & 4-stars – Jasper Morris MW

Puligny Montrachet Les Enseigneres
$840 per case (1×6) OC (inc GST $907.20)
Pretty, expressive and floral with a distinct saline character right from the point when it first hits the palate.  White flowers, blossom and citrus butter.  Has lovely line and persistence.
92/100 – Matthew Hemming MW

A pretty pale green tint to the colour. A clear cut, almost chiselled floral nose with greener notes, The floral side emerges more and more. Lean, long, lovely, if understated. Drink from 2025-2029. Tasted: November 2022
90-92pts & 4-stars – Jasper Morris MW

Meursault Clos des Corvees de Citeaux
$900 per case (1×6) OC (inc GST $972)
Fleshy orchard fruit aromas and also some spice.  A more voluminous style, but still airy and delicate.  Some riper apricot notes on mid-palate but keeps the slender, focused acidity of Romaric’s wines in 2021.  Very precise, clean lines and lifted.
92/100 – Matthew Hemming MW

Three barrels instead of 15. Pretty pale lemon. Lightly perfumed, more in citrus. Quite complex behind, fairly generous fruit across the middle of the palate, then a lively acidity to finish. Good length, an interesting cuvée. Drink from 2025-2030. Tasted: November 2022
89-92pts & 4-stars – Jasper Morris MW

Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Les Folatieres
$1,200 per case (1×6) OC (inc GST $1,296)
A slightly fuller lemon and lime colour, with definitely a greater richness of fruit, though remaining in the domaine’s fine-boned style. A sunnier spot has driven the extra ripeness and persistence, while retaining adequate acidity. Certainly, the longest finish. Drink from 2026-2032. Tasted: November 2022
92-94pts & 4-stars – Jasper Morris MW

Bourgogne Rouge La Taupe
$330 per case (1×6) OC (inc GST $356.40)
Single vineyard just outside Pommard with 70 year old vines that produce very small berries, giving plenty of opportunity for structure.  Needed delicate vinification and 100% destemming so as not to extract too much tannin.  Full and generous profile with a distinct Pommard edge.  Frank, ripe and slightly spicy fruit.  Immediately expressive and for drinking young.  Rides on that spice character.  It’s a touch rustic – old school, perhaps – but will work brilliantly in the right food context.  Coq au vin, anyone??
87/100 – Matthew Hemming MW

 

Terms & Conditions:
Offer ends on Wednesday 25th January l No further discount l Immediate payment required l Delivery fees ($32.40) waived for purchases above $500 before GST excluding airports | Cancellation of orders not allowed l Order/s to be collected/delivered within 1 month upon stock availability l Offered Ex-Singapore & subject to remaining unsold​

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